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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad release coffee-table book on Indian theatre; discuss the legacy of the art form

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First published: January 22, 2015, 6:35 PM IST | Updated: January 22, 2015
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad release coffee-table book on Indian theatre; discuss the legacy of the art form
A coffee table book 'Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre' was released at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Jaipur: Coffee table book 'Curtain Call: Celebrating Indian Theatre' encapsulating ten years of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) was released at Jaipur Literature Festival today. The commemorative book on Indian Theatre, with contributions from eminent theatre personalities was released by Shabana Azmi, Girish Karnad and other dignitaries.

At the launch, Azmi expressed that it was a process of osmosis that is responsible for her love for theatre, having carried over the passion and commitment towards theatre from her mother. As an instance, she detailed how even as a four month old child her mother would carry her to theatre rehearsals, tying Azmi on her back.

About theatre being very different from films, Azmi shared her experience on how all the twenty performances of 'Tumhari Amrita' were completely different from each other. The actress believes that truth is an essential part of theatre.

While releasing the book, actor-writer Karnad also stated how in theatre, "anything can happen". Karnad also confessed that he has always thought of himself as a playwright rather than an actor. Karnad said, "Theatre is a journey that is completely driven by passion and innumerable sacrifices. Festivals like META are a bench mark every theatre group, actors, directors and theatre troupes always aspire to reach."

Celebrated theatre personalities such as MK Raina, Sushma Seth, Rajat Kapoor, Amal Allana, Manan Kaur, Neelam Mansingh and Ananda Lal, among others have contributed to the book.

The 10th edition of META is scheduled to take place from March 21-26 at New Delhi's LTG and Kamani Auditoriums along with a Gala Awards Night on March 27.

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